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LEGO Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies
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A new Rookie team has been assigned to complete their training with Stormer and his crew. Furno looks to be the best Rookie the Factory has seen since Stormer was a Rookie himself. He takes his position as a Hero in training very seriously and yearns for Stormer’s approval, and will push himself to do whatever it takes to get it. He’s joined by fellow Rookies Breez and Surge, as they try to prove to Stormer and each other why they are ready to become true Heroes. As the six Heroes begin to work together on their missions, they start to realize that the bad guys they are fighting are working for someone. Someone from Stormer’s past, with an evil agenda to take down the Hero Factory and Stormer himself.
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As a writer, I can appreciate the simple storylines and clear separation between Hero and Villain. It is good to see stories that are not "twisted" (confusing Good and Evil, and making it Grey) that I can honestly enjoy without second-guessing what the makers are going to pull nest, to ruin it for me.
(Yes, I have a pet peeve about "sophisticated" stories like Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, and the latest sequel to How to Train Your Dragon. If I wanted deceit and duplicity, and disturbing insights into human nature...I need only ride the bus and listen to people, then watch Dr Phil when I get home.)
This was in a 4-DVD pack, with the Rise of the Green Ninja, Rise of the Ninjas (spinjitsu) , and "Heroes" Savage Planet in the box.
The characters are kind of like Iron Man's extended family. There is always a clear story to follow, and the action is logical and exciting. I did not notice any underlying themes that would teach a child values the parents may not like. The emphasis is on doing the right thing, being a good buddy, following directions, and helping those who need it. That is what heroes are for.
I'll be adding a used copy to my collection soon, with the other videos.
This DVD is not really engrossing for adults unless they are fascinated by the Lego stories, younger children will probably be captivated and able to understand this, even if they are just coming into the world of Legos or the Hero factory. There are several chapters/stories in the main movie which will help hold the interest of even a young viewer; `The Trials of Furno', The Enemy Within', `Von Nebula'.
There is a 22 minute special feature on Lego Atlantis, however the subtitles did not work on that, the main feature has French and English subtitles available.
The quality of the animation color and dialogue is good and this should be an enjoyable DVD for those fascinated with this Lego world.
Bionicles were so much better. In Hero Factory, the involved while slightly sporadic feel of the older movies (Bionicles 1-3) is lost, and is replaced by high-pep music, smart mouth characters, and "adventures" that end up having a pokemon feel: repeat, repeat, repeat...
And the characters don't really go through that much development.
The first watch is enjoyable enough, but after that it's like:
"Okay, we get it. Furno doesn't like taking orders but pushes himself to 'prove' to others that he 'can do it,' Stormer has security issues, and the others bicker every once in a while with a ton of quips falling from the sky. Please, move on."
The dreaded overabundance of...cliches. *shiver* They were there.
I could predict basically the entire show after the first episode or so. But, I'm a teen, so...
If you have smaller children, say, seven to ten, they'll probably enjoy this.
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7yr old son watches this OVER and OVER - Loves it!!! Highlly recommend for little boys who love legos! :)Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
My 3 year old loves Hero Factory, and was happy with this DVD. He still loves the other Hero Factory DVD (Savage Planet) better, though.Published 10 months ago by Adam Sladowsky
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